Requiescat In Pace

In the City Churchyard of Aberdeen, under the shadow of St. Nicholas Tower, near a path which runs from the entrance beside St. Mary's Chapel at the south to the gateway in School Hill at the north, stands a simple slate tombstone bearing the unpretentious inscription :—

" Erected by John Anderson in memory of his beloved mother, Mary Robertson, who died 8th January, 1830, aged 40."

Beneath this in small italic letters is the quaint stanza :

Yes ! she had friends when Fortune smil'd—it frown'd— They knew her not! She died The Orphans wept—but liv'd to Mark this Hallow'd Spot.

Mary Robertson was the mother of John Henry Anderson, the once famous, now well-nigh forgotten, Wizard of the North, whose " magic " used to electrify alike the young and old of Scotland and England in the forties, fifties, and sixties of the last century. And underneath that little monument also lies all that remains of the magician himself, "unwept, unhonoured, and unsung," so far as any testimony on the tombstone is concerned.

Lightning 5ketCkes.

By Ellis Stanyon.

{Concluded from page 38.)

The drawing hereunder forms a simple outline sketch of a face whichever way it b2 presented, as drawn or turned upside down.

Reversible Mask.

Instructions for enlarging these drawings by a simple process will be found explained at length in our last article.

In this series of short articles it has been the province of the writer to introduce a series of novelties for Lightning Sketch artistes rather than to teach the art. In conclusion he has only to hope that his efforts have served a double purpose in suggesting something useful to skilled artistes, and in drawing the attention of others, not previously interested, to an instructive and pleasing pastime alike to themselves and those they would entertain.

A BIBLIOGRAPHY of CONJURING.

Compiled with Notes by Ellis Stanyon. Ably assisted by Mr. Arthur Margery. ' (Continued from page 77).

Branch, Charles E. The Juggling King. Carts; bicycles, and cannon balls his favourite toys. Penny Pictorial Magazine, July 21st, 1900. Illustrated, pp. 275277.

Breslaw's Last Legacy or Magical Companion. London, 1784. Second edition. Sewn. Coloured frontispiece. 132 pp. Very scarce and interesting.

Brewster, Sir David. Letters on Natural Magic. London, 1832. Cloth, i8mo., 351 pp. Scarce. British Standard Handbooks. Nos. 19. Parlour Conjurer.

--22. Chemical Wonders.

---28. Puzzles and Riddles.

-30. Hand and Finger Tricks.

----32. Vocal and Optical Deceptions.

--36. Thought Reader.

London, N.D. Paper, 192pp., illustrated. Broadwell, Albert, H. The most extraordinary Dinner on Earth. "Strand Magazine," May, 1900, pp. 529-535, illustrated with photos. This is an interview with the " Rambler's " Comedy Jugglers.

Brown, J. H. Spectropia, or surprising spectral Illusions, showing Ghosts everywhere and of any color. London, 1864. Cloth, 4to., 50pp. 16 colored plates. Rare. Browne, Dr. W. H., M. A. Firework Making for Amateurs. A complete, and accurate work on Making Simple and High-class Fireworks. London, 1888. In colored wrapper, 8vo. 200pp. illustrated. Burgess, J. Tom. Knots, Ties, and Splices. A valuable work to Conjurers who practice instantaneous and subtle knot tying. London, 1884. Cloth, 8vo., 101 pp. illustrated. Burlingame, H. J. Leaves from Conjurer's Scrap Books. Chicago, 1891. Cloth 8vo. 274 pp. illustrated.

A standard work .on Hypnotism, Mind Reading, Second Sight, Instantaneous Memorization, Illusions, Foreign and American Conjurers, etc.

-Herrmann, The Magician. His Life, His Secrets,

Chicago, 1897. Cloth, 8vo. 299 pp, 43 illustrations and Photograph of Herrmann.

Among many curious revelations in the book is a comp elucidation given for the first time of the New Marvell Lightning Thought Transference.

-Around the World with a Magician and a Juggler.

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From the papers of the late Baron Hartwig Seeman, "The Emperor of Magicians," and William D'AlVini, Juggler," "Jap of Japs." Chicago, 1891. Cloth, 8vo. 172 pp. illustrated.

Contains valuable and rare information for the profession, contracts and programmes, giving the renowned D'Alvini's entire programme, also life sketch of the celebrated Bellachini and the trick that made him famous, together with the celebrated essay of Dr. Max, Dessoir on '' The Pyschology of the Art of Conjuring." -Tricks in Magic, Illusions and Mental Phenomena.

A compilation of leading effects in Mental feats, Illusions, Anti-Spiritualistic effects, and miscellaneous Tricks, 3 volumes. Chicago, 1895-1898. Paper 8vo. 258 pp.

—Modern Magical Marvels : A Practical Treatise on Magic and Conjuring for Professionals and Amateurs. (In preparation). -History of Magic and Magicians. Chicago, 1895.

Pamphlet. 8vo., 41 pp. See also under, Manning. A contribution of interesting and valuable books by a well-known and competent Author.

Bursill, Henry. Hand Shadows. Novel and amusing figures formed by the hand, from original designs. London and New York. ? 1859. Quarto. 32 illustrations. Very rare. A copy of this work also published in Germany. Quotations for any work In this list may be had on application to the Office of " MAGIC."

To be continued.

Items of Interest.

The "People's Journal," Glasgow, June ist, JIV a 1901, contains the first instalment of an article en-T^J^F titled, "The Life Story of John Henry Anderson, The Wizard of the North." The same issue also contains an interesting article entitled, "Can Spirits be Materialized," which refers to a challenge, made through the " Referee," accepted by Mr. J. N. Maskelyne, of the Egyptian Hall, to investigate the phenomenon known as " Spirit Materialization.

Verto, Australian Magician, with company, creates somewhat of a sensation in his up-to-date programme of Conjuring, Illusions, and Georgia Magnet Tricks. One of the items reads:—" Mask-lyn's Mysterious Box introduced by Verto, assisted by Miss Millie Richardson. (This Box Trick is causing great excitement in London. Maskylyn is now offering ^"looo to any person opening same. )

In connnection with the " Bibliography of Conjuring," now running in these pages, the Editor desires to acknowledge his indebtedness to Dr. Saram R. Ellison, of New York, for the loan of his voluminous type-written catalogue. (See Note on p. 79).

On June 15, Messrs. Martinka & Co., held a social .evening at their place of business on Sixth Avenue. They had fixed up a stage in their large shop, having curtained the walls, benches, etc., and had placed chairs for the guests to witness the performance. The different magicians present were each, in turn, called upon to work at least one trick, preferably that in which they were most expert. Many had brought their wives, and refreshments were served during the evening. Among those present were Bertram, Ransom, Reeder, Walsh, Ankle Plate, Werner, Wilder, Sheck, Muller, Bucha (Kellar & Co.), and Dr. S. R. Ellison. The evening was a success and will, doubtless, be repeated.

Anent the Chinese Fish Catching Trick which everybody is working, is not this a little overdone at this date and does it not confirm the idea that Eastern conjurers are 110 more prolific than their Western confreres. Fish catching and Back Hand Coin and Card palming are now stale, in fact worked and exposed to death. Who will be first with something new ?

. What would Houdin think of the return to the Flowing Robe— worse—the use of a counterpane for magical productions ?

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